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Community volunteering and donations

Cumbria County Council are leading the community response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Read more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Local Communities on the Cumbria County Council website.

Cumbria Local Resilience Forum

The Cumbria Local Resilience Forum (CLRF) consists of all organisations and agencies involved with emergency response in our communities. It brings partners together to respond to extraordinary circumstances faced by communities in Cumbria.

See Cumbria Resilience Forum on the Cumbria County Council website for more details.

Community Resilience Group

A Cumbria wide Community Resilience Group has been formed to support the work of the Cumbria Strategic Coordinating Group. The group will lead coordination of the different levels of community responses. Most of the coordination will take place locally, in six district level Local Community Resilience Groups that are currently being established. These are being led by Cumbria County Council’s Area Managers, and will include a range of local community, voluntary and statutory sector organisations.

Eden based support groups can engage with the Eden Community Resilience Group to highlight the support on offer and/or issues by a dedicated email address: Eden.AreaSupport@cumbria.gov.uk.

Support Cumbria

Support Cumbria is an official collaboration of partners across Cumbria who are working together to provide community support to residents who are struggling to access basic or essential services during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Support Cumbria website provides a central point to help coordinate volunteering efforts to support Cumbria residents who may need help. Support Cumbria can help you find local community organisations and register an interest in volunteering. They will talk to you about what you could do, and try to connect you with a suitable volunteering role.

See volunteering on the Cumbria CVS website to register a volunteer group and recruit additional volunteer support.

Register for email updates from Cumbria County Council on community response activity in Eden.

Safe volunteering

Support Cumbria is supported by agencies coordinating the response to coronavirus in Cumbria, including Cumbria County Council, Cumbria CVS, district councils, NHS and Cumbria Police. Voluntary organisations will use their safeguarding processes to keep people safe in their communities. New volunteer groups registering will be approved by Cumbria CVS who will help you to recruit volunteers safely.

Donations

People are already giving generously to a Cumbria Community Foundation fund to help charitable groups support vulnerable people affected by coronavirus. As the virus spreads across the county, those who are vulnerable will be hardest hit and in times of crisis, many people turn to charities for support.

Like other sectors, Cumbria's charitable organisations are likely to face challenges in the coming weeks and months. There will be an increase in demand for their services while they are already under resourced and at capacity, with some having to completely change the way they operate.

Many are reliant on volunteers and will struggle if they must self-isolate, become ill or have caring responsibilities. Many will also see a drop in their income due to cancelled fundraising events and reduced rental and activity income.

The Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund will prioritise funding to charitable projects across the county that are supporting people affected by the virus, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.

Cumbria Community Foundation has contributed £100,000 to the Fund. The Foundation is aware that many people and businesses will be struggling financially, however, for those that are able and would like to donate to the Fund:

Go to Cumbria Covid-19 Response Fund on the Virgin Money Giving website or telephone 01900 825760.

Support and funding

The Fund will also provide a focus for charitable trusts, companies and other organisations wishing to support the community and charity response.

Go to Cumbria COVID-19 Response Fund on the Cumbria Community Foundation website if your group wants to enquire about funding or email grants@cumbriafoundation.org

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